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Sandisfield, Massachusetts, USA - Church and Parsonage, Sandisfield Center, Mass.

Sandisfield, Berkshire, MA

Sandisfield, a name unique among US municipalities, derived from a tribute to Samuel Sandys, first "Lord of Trade and the Plantations." The largest town in the Berkshires at 53 sq. mi., Sandisfield is also the most sparsely populated. Settlers, mainly from Connecticut Colony, arrived at "Housatonic Plantation No. 3" starting in 1750. Abundant land attracted newcomers for the next century and the population peaked around 1850, twice today's level.

Sandisfield includes: Montville, New Boston, and Beech Plain. mass_lookup.htm

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Church and Parsonage, Sandisfield Center, Mass.
Sandisfield, Massachusetts, USA

Church and Parsonage, Sandisfield Center, Mass.
The Atwater Place, Sandisfield, Mass.
Sandisfield, Massachusetts, USA

The Atwater Place, Sandisfield, Mass.
Residence of Chas. W. Swift, Sandisfield, Mass.
Sandisfield, Massachusetts, USA

Residence of Chas. W. Swift, Sandisfield, Mass.

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1839 - Sandisfield
Sandisfield, Massachusetts
Berkshire county. This is an elevated township at the S.E. corner of the county, on the line of Connecticut. It is watered by a pleasant stream, a branch of Farmington river. The soil is generally good, particularly for pasturage. Considerable wool is grown in this town and a large amount of leather tanned. Sandisfield is 124 miles W. by S. from Boston, 18 S.E. by S. from Lenox, and 38 E. from Hudson, N.Y. Incorporated, 1762. Population, 1837, 1,493.
The New England Gazetteer containing descriptions of all the states, counties and towns in New England: also descriptions of the principal mountains, rivers lakes, capes, bays, harbors, islands and fashionable resorts within that territory. Alphabetically arranged. By John Hayward, author of the Columbian Traveller, Religious Creeds, &c. &c. Boston: John Hayward. Boyd & White, Concord, N.H. 1839
1845 - SANDISFIELD. [Pop. 1,464. Inc. 1762.]
Sandisfield was greatly enlarged in 1819, by the annexation of a district at the south, containing eleven thousand acres.

It is separated from Tolland, in Hampden county, by Farmington River, on the bank of which Hanging Mountain presents an almost perpendicular front, four hundred and fifty feet high.

The land is hilly, and good for grazing. Some wool is raised, and much leather tanned.

Distance from Lenox, 20 miles ; from Boston, 116.
An Elementary Geography for Massachusetts Children by William Bentley Fowle and Asa Fitz, 1845
Sandisfield Massachusetts, 1890
Sandisfield is a large agricultural town forming the southeastern extremity of Berkshire County. On the north are Monterey and Otis, on the east the latter and Tolland, on the west New Marlborough and Monterey, and on the south Norfolk and Colebrook, in Connecticut.

The area is about 30,000 acres; of which 29,626 are assessed. From 10,000 to 15,000 acres are forest, consisting of maple, beech, birch, hemlock, pine and other woods. The leading rock is felspathic gneiss. The soil is gravelly in the east, and sandy loam in the west. Seymour Mountain, near the southern line, has an altitude of 1,698 feet. Hanging Mountain, on the west bank of the Farmington River, presents a perpendicular front of rock 300 feet in height, from which fragments of stone, loosened by the rain and frost, sometimes come crashing down with tremendous violence. Farmington River, running southward, and forming the eastern line of the town, affords much power at its numerous descents. Spectacle Ponds, in the... Read MORE...

1895 - Sandisfield
San'disfield, a post-township of Berkshire co., Mass. about 30 miles W. of Springfield is bounded on the E. by the Farmington River. Pop, about 1000.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
Sandisfield, a post-township (town) of Berkshire co., Mass., about 30 miles W. of Springfield. Pop. in 1900, 661.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in and around Sandisfield:
York Lake: Start your adventure with some outdoor fun at York Lake. Whether it's fishing, kayaking, or simply enjoying a peaceful stroll along the lake, this spot offers a serene escape into nature.

Sandisfield Arts Center: Check out any events or performances happening at the Sandisfield Arts Center. From concerts to art exhibits, this community hub is a great place to experience local talent.

Farmington River: If you're into outdoor activities, consider a day by the Farmington River. You can go tubing, fishing, or just relax by the water. It's a fantastic spot for a picnic with friends or family.

Granville State Forest: While technically just across the border in Granville, this state forest is close enough to be a part of your Sandisfield adventure. Hiking trails, picnicking areas, and scenic views make it a great place for nature enthusiasts.

Sandisfield Town Beach: Take a break and soak up the sun at the Sandisfield Town Beach. It's a lovely spot to unwind, read a... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Sandisfield, Massachusetts, USA

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male ancestorRichard ADAMS (3 June 1708, Preston, Connecticut, USA (Poquetanuck) - 1 March 1787, Sandisfield, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorJacob KIMBERLY (1730, Guilford, Connecticut, USA - 4 March 1820, Sandisfield, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorThomas Edward ABBE (21 August 1757, - 28 November 1824, Sandisfield, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorShubal MANLEY (September 1767, Sandisfield, Massachusetts, USA - 26 March 1844, Colebrook, Connecticut, USA)
male ancestorElijah CRANE (1775, Sandisfield, Massachusetts, USA - 18 March 1863, Sheffield, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorEli SIMONS (1775, Sandisfield, Massachusetts, USA - 12 January 1852, Colebrook, Connecticut, USA)
male ancestorWilliam COUCH (2 July 1786, Sandisfield, Massachusetts, USA - 13 November 1840, Colebrook, Connecticut, USA)
photo of Sylvester SMITHSylvester SMITH (24 January 1788, Sandisfield, Massachusetts, USA - 17 July 1865, Colebrook, Connecticut, USA)
male ancestorElijah DEMMING (1789, Sandisfield, Massachusetts, USA - 15 January 1864, Sheffield, Massachusetts, USA)

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male ancestorWilliam Theodore ELLIS (4 March 1883 - 17 July 1964) and photo of Lucy Mae PRENTICE Lucy Mae PRENTICE (June 1878 - 29 May 1952) married 4 September 1902

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